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1988 Cleveland Indians

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1987 / 1989

78-84, Finished 6th in AL East (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Doc Edwards (78-84)
GM: Henry Peters (Hired 11/2/1987), Scouting Dir: Jeff Scott
Scored 666 runs, Allowed 731 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 74-88

Ballparks: Cleveland Stadium · Attendance: 1,411,610 (12th of 14)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 102, Pitching - 103 · one-year: Batting - 101, Pitching - 102

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1987 / 1989 Trades and Transactions

Transactions listed are from October 1 of previous year to April 1 of the following year.

October 15, 1987

Ernie Camacho granted Free Agency.

Otis Nixon granted Free Agency.

Casey Parsons granted Free Agency.

Craig Smajstrla granted Free Agency.

Roy Thomas granted Free Agency.

October 29, 1987

Released Rick Dempsey.

Released Jamie Easterly.

Released Sammy Stewart.

November 9, 1987

Chris Bando granted Free Agency.

Brett Butler granted Free Agency.

Ed Vande Berg granted Free Agency.

November 30, 1987

Released Andre Thornton.

December 7, 1987

Luis Encarnacion drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 1987 rule 5 draft.

Signed Chris Bando as a free agent.

December 8, 1987

Drafted Todd Pratt from the Boston Red Sox in the 1987 minor league draft.

December 28, 1987

Signed Ron Washington as a free agent.

1988

Bryan Oelkers sent to ??? in an unknown transaction.

January 1, 1988

Signed Bill Laskey as a free agent.

January 8, 1988

Signed Paul Zuvella as a free agent.

January 15, 1988

Signed Rick Rodriguez as a free agent.

January 19, 1988

Signed Greg Harris as a free agent.

Signed John Moses as a free agent.

January 24, 1988

Signed Roberto Rivera as an amateur free agent.

February 1, 1988

Signed Domingo Ramos as a free agent.

February 3, 1988

Signed Doug Piatt as an amateur free agent.

February 9, 1988

Signed Ron Kittle as a free agent.

Signed Dan Schatzeder as a free agent.

February 22, 1988

Signed Chris Codiroli as a free agent.

February 28, 1988

Signed Terry Francona as a free agent.

March 17, 1988

Released Mark Huismann.

March 24, 1988

Released Greg Harris.

March 25, 1988

Purchased Willie Upshaw from the Toronto Blue Jays.

Released Bernardo Brito.

March 28, 1988

Returned Todd Pratt (earlier draft pick) to the Boston Red Sox.

Traded a player to be named later to the Atlanta Braves. Received Jeff Dedmon. The Cleveland Indians sent Tommy Kurczewski (minors) (June 22, 1988) to the Atlanta Braves to complete the trade.

March 29, 1988

Released John Moses.

Released Frank Wills.

March 30, 1988

Traded Junior Noboa to the California Angels. Received Theodore Milner (minors).

April 5, 1988 (Standings)

Traded Greg LaFever (minors) to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Received Reggie Williams.

April 6, 1988 (Standings)

Signed Garland Kiser as a free agent.

April 7, 1988 (Standings)

Signed Jon Perlman as a free agent.

May 11, 1988 (Standings)

Signed Dan Firova as a free agent.

May 24, 1988 (Standings)

Signed Brad Havens as a free agent.

June 1, 1988 (Standings)

Drafted Mark Lewis in the 1st round (2nd pick) of the 1988 amateur draft. Player signed June 7, 1988.

Drafted Charles Nagy in the 1st round (17th pick) of the 1988 amateur draft. Player signed June 9, 1988.

Drafted Jeff Mutis in the 1st round (27th pick) of the 1988 amateur draft.

Drafted Greg McMichael in the 7th round of the 1988 amateur draft. Player signed June 8, 1988.

Drafted Brett Merriman in the 9th round of the 1988 amateur draft.

Drafted Jorge Fabregas in the 11th round of the 1988 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

June 2, 1988 (Standings)

Signed Houston Jimenez as a free agent.

June 3, 1988 (Standings)

Traded Pat Tabler to the Kansas City Royals. Received Bud Black.

June 7, 1988 (Standings)

Traded Brian Dorsett to the California Angels. Received a player to be named later. The California Angels sent Colby Ward (July 15, 1989) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade.

June 22, 1988 (Standings)

Released Dan Schatzeder.

July 17, 1988 (Standings)

Signed Mark Wasinger as a free agent.

August 5, 1988 (Standings)

Released Domingo Ramos.

August 14, 1988 (Standings)

Released Chris Bando.

August 21, 1988 (Standings)

Released Bill Laskey.

September 6, 1988 (Standings)

Released Chris Codiroli.

October 15, 1988 (Standings)

Dan Firova granted Free Agency.

Rick Rodriguez granted Free Agency.

Mark Wasinger granted Free Agency.

November 4, 1988

Bud Black granted Free Agency.

Terry Francona granted Free Agency.

Ron Kittle granted Free Agency.

Willie Upshaw granted Free Agency.

Ron Washington granted Free Agency.

November 15, 1988

Signed Danny Sheaffer as a free agent.

Traded John Githens (minors) and Don Lovell (minors) to the Baltimore Orioles. Received Jerry Holtz (minors) and Tom Magrann.

November 16, 1988

Signed Pat Keedy as a free agent.

Signed Mark Wasinger as a free agent.

November 21, 1988

Signed Brad Komminsk as a free agent.

November 22, 1988

Signed Pete Dalena as a free agent.

November 28, 1988

Released Rod Allen.

Traded a player to be named later to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Received a player to be named later and Denny Gonzalez. The Cleveland Indians sent Jay Bell (March 25, 1989) to the Pittsburgh Pirates to complete the trade. The Pittsburgh Pirates sent Felix Fermin (March 25, 1989) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade.

December 2, 1988

Signed Luis Aguayo as a free agent.

December 3, 1988

Signed Jesse Orosco as a free agent.

December 5, 1988

Darrel Akerfelds drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 1988 rule 5 draft.

Drafted Efrain Valdez from the Texas Rangers in the 1988 rule 5 draft.

Signed Bud Black as a free agent.

December 6, 1988

Traded Julio Franco to the Texas Rangers. Received Jerry Browne, Oddibe McDowell and Pete O'Brien.

December 20, 1988

Released Jon Perlman.

Released Reggie Williams.

December 26, 1988

Signed Steve Davis as a free agent.

1989

Dwight Taylor received from the Montreal Expos in an unknown transaction.

January 17, 1989

Signed Neil Allen as a free agent.

January 18, 1989

Signed Tim Stoddard as a free agent.

January 23, 1989

Traded Eddie Williams to the Chicago White Sox. Received Joel Davis and Ed Wojna.

February 21, 1989

Signed Brian Giles as a free agent.

March 19, 1989

Traded Mel Hall to the New York Yankees. Received Joel Skinner and Turner Ward.

March 26, 1989

Traded Carmelo Castillo to the Minnesota Twins. Received Keith Atherton.

March 27, 1989

Released Neil Allen.

April 1, 1989

Signed Neil Allen as a free agent.

Signed Mark Salas as a free agent.

Traded Chuck Baldwin (minors) to the Seattle Mariners. Received Dave Hengel.

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1987 / 1989 Trades and Transactions